Monthly Archives: November 2015

First Aid Training for Your School

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Whatever your working environment; from teaching in the classroom to running the DofE Expedition. We have training programmes designed to meet your needs.

What is the future of First Aid Training for Your School?

Parliament were last week discussing and filibustering over the Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-funded Secondary Schools) Bill. This Bill was to decide whether Emergency First Aid should be included into the compulsory comprehensive curriculum.

It was not passed…

The bill details this training as to “…include cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator awareness” delivered as “… formal lessons to equip pupils with age-appropriate skills and knowledge required to provide assistance, in the absence of a competent adult, to a person in need of emergency medical attention until medically-qualified personnel are present.

At Training Expertise we firmly believe that Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education is of utmost importance in all schools and that this will work toward saving countless lives.

Let us support you in this. We can provide you with bespoke school based First Aid training;

All our courses are tailored to suit your needs and those with whom you are working, be it students or staff, lab technicians or sports coaches – we have your interests at the core of our training.
For more information and advice on our First Aid, Water Safety,Fieldwork Safety courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Register Your Phone for Emergency SMS

Emergency SMS Registration

Simple Guide to Registering Your Phone for Emergency SMS

Working in Remote Environments is an amazing experience but it comes with inherent risks, one of which is poor communications. Register your phone for Emergency SMS now.

On many of our Outdoor First Aid Courses we are asked questions about communication with the Emergency Services;

One very quick and easy way of dealing with weak signal is to register your phone to contact the Emergency Services by SMS. Text messages can be sent even when signal is weak or intermittent.

When you add other compounding factors associated with dealing with an emergency in remote locations, getting all the information down into a clear concise text message makes the situation much easier to deal with.

What will the Emergency services need to know:
– Who? Is sending the message.
– What? Is the problem, including the state of casualty.
– What? Services are required.
– Where? Are you. Give location as accurately as possible, GPS, Grid Reference or a nearby landmark.
– Wait… Now wait where you are for a confirmation reply call or text.

For more information and advice on who to contact in an emergency or how to deal with situations in remote environments, book onto one of our Outdoor or Expedition First Aid Courses.

For dates and availability visit our Course Diary.

First Aid and Firework Safety

Training Expertise Firework SafetyAre you planning on going to a firework display this weekend?

Thanks to British (7114) and European safety standards, fireworks are safer now than they have been in the past.

The NHS fireworks fact sheet highlights some thought provoking points;
– Fireworks are not toys. They are explosives and the injuries they can cause can be devastating.
– Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
– Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch.
– The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
– Around half of all injuries are to children under the age of 17.
– The most common injuries are to hands, followed by the eyes and face.

Unfortunately though, accidents do happen.

To understand how to deal with burns or scalds or other injuries, please book onto one of our First Aid Courses. See our Course Diary for availability & cost.

The following NHS advice for the first aid treatment of burns and scalds:

  • Stop the burning process as soon as possible. This may mean removing the person from the area, dousing flames with water or smothering flames with a blanket. Do not put yourself at risk of getting burnt as well.
  • Remove any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of skin. However, don’t try to remove anything that is stuck to the burnt skin because this could cause more damage.
  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10 to 30 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury occurring. Never use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances such as butter.
  • Keep yourself or the person warm. Use a blanket or layers of clothing, but avoid putting them on the injured area. Keeping warm will prevent hypothermia, where a person’s body temperature drops below 35ºC (95ºF). This is a risk if you are cooling a large burnt area, particularly in young children and elderly people.
  • Cover the burn with cling film. Put the cling film in a layer over the burn, rather than wrapping it around a limb. A clean clear plastic bag can be used for burns on your hand.
  • Treat the pain from a burn with paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions when using over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Children under 16 years of age should not be given aspirin.

When to go to hospital

Once you have taken these steps, you will need to decide whether further medical treatment is necessary. Go to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department for:

  • large or deep burns – any burn bigger than the affected person’s hand
  • full thickness burns of all sizes – these burns cause white or charred skin
  • partial thickness burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals – these are burns that cause blisters
  • all chemical and electrical burns

Also get medical help straight away if the person with the burn:

  • has other injuries that need treating
  • is going into shock – signs include cold clammy skin, sweating, rapid shallow breathing and weakness or dizziness
  • is pregnant
  • is over 60 years of age
  • is under five years of age
  • has a medical condition such as heart, lung or liver disease, or diabetes
  • has a weakened immune system (the body’s defence system), for example because of HIV or AIDS, or because they’re having chemotherapy for cancer

If someone has breathed in smoke or fumes, they should also seek medical attention. Some symptoms may be delayed and can include coughing, a sore throat, difficulty breathing, singed nasal hair or facial burns.

See recovering from burns and scalds for information on how serious burns are treated.